These two verbs can be very tricky to use properly if your first language uses one verb for both meanings. Such is the case in German and Swiss German, so it comes as no surprise when learners of English make this mistake. I've heard students using these verbs incorrectly a number of times, so let's have a look at how they're used.

In Swiss German, future tenses aren't really necessary to talk about future plans. Most of the time, words or phrases like 'tomorrow', 'next month' or 'next year' serve as indicators of the future.

It's not that simple in English, however. We can use two tenses when talking about future plans or decisions: be going + infinitive or the present continuous.

So, how do we use these two tenses to talk about future plans and arrangements in English?

Why is it wrong to say 'make the dishes?' Many students confuse do with make, but how can we tell which verb we should use? It all depends on the kind of activity you're talking about. Read on to find out!

In Swiss German, the verb schmecken is used for both smell and taste in English. This is why some Swiss speakers only use one of these two verbs. But in English, they don't mean the same thing. So when should I use smell, and when should I use taste?